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writhing Rainbow Serpent
emerald eucalypts, opal skies
It holds the stories of sorrow and hope
that Aunty told me

Lily from 'Friendship HolderYear 8, Reddam House (NSW)

A new universe of Poetry Object has arrived!

Red Room Poetry is excited to partner in Australia with Copyright Agency to launch a regeneration of Poetry Object in 2020 and beyond.

Red Room Poetry Object is Australasia’s largest free poetry-writing competition for young people and their teachers. Poetry Object ignites imaginations by inviting poems inspired by treasured, curious, everyday, extraordinary, interplanetary, or talismanic objects.

We're creating a new space for poets to shape the worlds around them. From the memory of galactic stones to sneakers that glow in the dark, the satellites of mobile phones and comets of things past – a first tooth, a red ballet shoe, fake vampire fangs, a stamp collection holding secret light – we look for poets and poems that voice the hidden histories of special objects and talismans that we keep close through the orbit of our lives.

In 2020, Red Room Poetry also ran a standalone Poetry Object New Zealand competition.




Australia – Prizes and judging / Terms and Conditions
New Zealand  – Prizes and judging Terms and Conditions 


Winners Announcement Ceremony | Thursday 20 August

The winners will be announced 11 am AEST, this Thursday 20 August during a live-stream YouTube event across Australia and New Zealand in partnership with Copyright Agency. Winners will receive prizes in the form of cash awards, book vouchers, book packs and poetry mentoring sessions with judges Eleanor Jackson and Tayi Tibble.


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Explore Poetry Object Resources

Join award-winning Gunai Author and Poet, Kirli Saunders for two inspiring digital workshops on poetic devices.

Students in Years K-6 will sharpen skills in creative writing by developing a range of poetic techniques including alliteration, imagery, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia and simile. Delivered by Red Room Poetry via DART Connections, in partnership with NSW Department of Education.

Watch the free workshops



Delve into a free series of ClickView Animations and Learning Resources for Poetry Object.

We collaborated with ClickView to create a series of animated clips and free resources exploring alliteration, imagery, metaphor, onomatopoeia, personification and simile. Inspired by Poetry Object, these resources support Years 3-6 curriculum outcomes.

Explore the series




Poems to Share II is an EPAA award-winning classroom resource inspired by Poetry Object.

Bring poetry to life with 40 activity cards that support students' creative writing, reading, speaking and listening across curriculum stages. Includes a free digital resource. Created by Red Room Poetry in partnership with the Australian Association for the Teaching of English.

Buy now


Partners and Supporters

Red Room Poetry Object is generously supported by Oranges & Sardines Foundation, Craig & Joy Lawn and our partners: